Best South African Road Trips

It’s time to pack your bags, hit the road and explore our beautiful country

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If you are wondering what to do these holidays maybe it’s time to take a road trip? We can suggest some gorgeous routes that will take your breath away. Road trips are also a great way to spend time with family and friends – they create the perfect opportunity to enjoy each other’s company.


Here are four of South Africa’s road tripping gems:

  1. Garden Route (300kms of beaches, lagoons and forests) – probably one of the most popular road trip routes; this journey starts at Mossel Bay and ends just after Plettenburg Bay. The unspoilt beauty of beaches, lagoons and indigenous forests makes it popular amongst outdoor enthusiasts. The ancient indigenous forests that line the coast from Wilderness to Knysna offer adventure trails and hiking, bird watching, canoeing and even zip-lining.
  2. Crooks Corner to Pont Drift (160km along the Limpopo River) – beginning at Crooks Corner at the Northern end of the Kruger National Park and continues west to Pont Drift, where you cross the Limpopo River and the border into Botswana’s Tuli Block wildlife reserves. The route takes you through the Kruger Park at the top of South Africa. You will travel past baobab trees (some are more than 3000 years old) with ‘Big Tree’ being our largest baobab. Continue into Mapungubwe National Park which is a World Heritage Site containing our most significant Iron Age artefacts and more wildlife.
  3. Bloemfontein to Durban (670km of Sunflowers and Mountains) – starting at Bloemfontein, JRR Tolkien’s birthplace, and ends in the mountain kingdom of Lesotho. This is one of South Africa’s most scenic drives with endless sunflower fields, snow-covered peaks in winter, amber foliage in autumn and passes through the quaint town of Clarens. You will pass the Golden Gate Highlands National Park and then you can easily access the Drakensberg mountains and the Royal Natal National Park, as you wind your way to Durban.
  4. Cape Town to Lambert’s Bay (240km of gastronomic delight, beaches and breathtaking scenery) – travelling North from Cape Town, stop at the whitewashed fishing village of Paternoster located on a peninsula north of Langebaan Lagoon,  which is famous for its crayfish. Along the way you will pass deserted beaches, then a causeway from Lambert’s Bay takes you to Bird Island where you’ll see blue-eyed Cape Gannets and can take boat trips to watch dolphins and whales. After Lambert’s Bay, the Cape Namibia tourist route leads north to Namibia through Namakwa, where copious amounts of wild daisies grow every spring. Before you head back to Cape Town, stopover in the Cederberg Wilderness Area with its sandstone formations or explore the mountaintop rock pools in the Beaverlac Nature Reserve.
  5. Cape Town to Oudtshoorn and back (850km of Karoo and Cape Wineland exploration) – the route takes you from Cape Town to Matjiesfontein, a beautifully preserved 19th-century railway village with a vintage London bus that takes you up its single street. Then on to Prince Albert, a quaint Karoo village before you cross the Swartberg Mountains via the astounding Swartberg or Meiringspoort Pass. Here you cross into the more fertile Little Karoo to Oudtshoorn, known for its ostriches and filled with Victorian mansions of the ‘feather barons’. From here you join the wine route that takes you back to Cape Town via the Breede River Valley’s fruit farms and mountain vistas.

OPTIPHI® encourages you to explore our beautiful country! The routes offer beautiful scenery, cultural heritage sites and unique South African experiences.


The ultimate road trip companion!

Enjoying the wonders, sights and sounds of South Africa does not mean you need to be without your favourite skincare products. The new convenient Travel Packs are your perfect partner for flawless skin on the road.

Another fantastic OPTIPHI® companion is the Solar-Shield SPF 50. Our Solar-Shield is specifically formulated for an active lifestyle. This light, fast absorbing broad UV filter protects your skin from the numerous acute effects that UV rays can have on one’s skin, such as redness and premature photo-aging.

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